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Autodesk System Architect talks at AWS Enterprise Tour 2010

Autodesk System Architect talks at AWS Enterprise Tour 2010


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  • You may not realize it, but Autodesk is everywhere. If you’ve ever driven a stylish car, admired a towering skyscraper, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what Autodesk customers can do with our software.Note: All statistics in this presentation are current as of March 2010.
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    • 1. Virtual Private Cloud
      Paul Cochrane
      Infrastructure Architect
      paul.cochrane@autodesk.com
    • 2. Courtesy of KlingStubbins
      Autodesk: A World Leader in 2D and 3D Design, Engineering, and Entertainment Software
      10+ million users of our software
      800,000+ companies
      FY10 revenue $1.7M
      6,600 employees
      Image courtesy of ADEPT Airmotive (Pty) Ltd.
      Image courtesy of Mammoth-WEBCO, Inc.
    • 3. Initial Success With AWS
      Several successful SaaS products on AWS
      How can IT get in on the fun?
    • 4. What problem are we trying to solve?
    • 5. What is the purpose of a data center?
    • 6. Conversion of electricity to compute cycles
    • 7. Can someone else generate compute cycles for less?
      Can we consume compute cycles as a utility?
      Can we present this utility where it’s useful?
    • 8. Let’s look at these in reverse order:
      (Because number three is hard)
      Can we present this utility where it’s useful?
      Can we consume compute cycles as a utility?
      Can someone else generate compute cycles for less?
    • 9. Question 1:
      Can we present this utility where it’s useful?
    • 10. Need my water utility connected to kitchen and bathroom
      The problem with utility computing!
      Not to living room!
    • 11. VPC is part of the Autodesk internal network
    • 12. VPC Connectivity
      Can connect to any internal resource
      Cannot connect to internet
      Uses Autodesk firewalls, IDS, etc.
    • 13. Question 2:
      Can we consume compute cycles as a utility?
    • 14. Yes!
      Standardized OS images
      Integrated management systems
      Integrated security controls
      “Just looks like any other server in our data center”
    • 15. Initial pilot projects
    • 16. Data Crunching With Hadoop
      What happens when daily ETL takes >24 hours?
      Should we buy a bigger server?
      Should we be using MapReduce?
    • 17. Meeting Peak Computing Demands
      Demand for internal compute resources fluctuates with the release cycle
      How do we scale for these fluctuations?
    • 18. Meeting Peak Computing Demands
      For some asynchronous services, we can add VPC instances to meet peak demand.
    • 19. Infrastructure to Support Agile
      Many scrum teams = many environments
      Continuous integration = continuous deployments = continuous infrastructure changes
      “How can I iterate code changes quickly when it takes a week (or even a day) to get a new server?”
    • 20. Question 3:
      Can someone else generate compute cycles for less?
    • 21. Not sure
    • 22. Lessons Learned
    • 23. For the security guy…….
    • 24. “We are concerned about security”
    • 25. For the CIO…….
    • 26. Start figuring out your internal costs now!
      If you don’t embrace utility computing now, someone else will very soon! (IT outside of IT)
      Set standards, create policies – treat like an internal data center, not a free for all
      Message your people – utility computing is not a threat!
    • 27. For the sysadmin…….
    • 28. Implement standards from day one – take some time to create standard AMIs that look like internal servers
      Integrate management systems from day one – directory services, patching, log collection, AV, etc.
      Go home. Spend some time with your family (or World of Warcraft clan). Life is about to get much easier.
    • 29. I am was a decidedly average sysadmin
    • 30. The Automation You Always Meant to Build
      Provision and attach 1TB of storage in 2 minutes (from the back of an auto-rickshaw in India).
      10 new Linux servers in 2 minutes (while sitting by the pool on a nice day).
      Monitoring server resources from an iPhone (in a bar).